Destiny of Life and Religious Attitudes

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Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J., Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, asks to what extent can religious thought can make a contribution to our scientific understanding of the origins and evolution of faith-science derived from astrophysics and cosmology, and to what extent can what we know from science about life influence our religious attitudes?  He writes, “The best science to its great merit, does not pretend nor presume to have the ultimate answers. It simply suggests and urges us on, well aware that not all is within its ken. Freedom to seek understanding and not dogmatism in what is understood characterize the best of science’s search for the origins and meaning of life.”

This essay appeared in Life as We Know It (Springer, 2006).

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